Local Rule 3 - Governing the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida
Effective January 1, 1973, the following Departments of this Court shall have primary responsibility for handling, considering and disposing of all cases, actions, proceedings, (including, but not limited to, administrative proceedings) and matters pending in the six counties of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
CIVIL DEPARTMENT: All judicial proceedings not assigned to another department shall be assigned to the Civil Department.
CRIMINAL DEPARTMENT: All judicial proceedings involving the administration of criminal justice, habeas corpus (except habeas corpus involving custody of children), appellate proceedings from the County Courts within the Circuit in cases involving violation of criminal law or violations of municipal ordinances of a criminal character in the County Court shall be assigned to this Department.
PROBATE, JUVENILE, INCOMPETENCY AND TRUST DEPARTMENT: All judicial proceedings involving the probate of wills, administration of estates and guardianships, incompetency proceedings, proceedings under the Baker Act, the Meyer Act (when it becomes effective), the administration of trusts and all judicial proceedings within the jurisdiction of the several Juvenile Courts within the Circuit as such jurisdiction existed prior to 1 January 1973, shall be assigned to this Department.
Approved by the Supreme Court of Florida
Sid J. White
Clerk Supreme Court